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Platform : Nintendo DS
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  • Platform:   Nintendo DS
  • PEGI Rating: Ages 12 and Over Suitable for 12 years and over. Not for sale to persons under age 12. By placing an order for this product, you declare that you are 12 years of age or over.
  • Media: Video Game
  • Item Quantity: 1

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  • ASIN: B0002S9AHE
  • Product Dimensions: 31.2 x 23.4 x 14 cm ; 540 g
  • Release Date: 7 Oct. 2005
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (282 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,664 in PC & Video Games (See Top 100 in PC & Video Games)

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Amazon.co.uk Review

The Nintendo DS is no ordinary console. What on the face of it appears to be merely an upgraded Game Boy Advance is packed with a suite of never-before-seen features which make it unique within the gaming world.

The most obvious new feature is the two screens (DS stands for dual screen), the bottom of which is a touch screen. This makes an enormous difference to the way you play and interact with the game, as you use a stylus or the handy thumb strap to control the action.

The way this works in a game varies enormously, with first person shooter Metroid Prime: Hunters using the touch screen and D-pad to create a control system that’s just as responsive as a PC keyboard and mouse. Other games, like Yoshi’s Touch & Go, have you actually drawing on the touch pad to create platforms, while other games use the extra screen to display inventory or map info.

But there’s more to the DS than even that. It also has a built-in microphone (one new medical game has you operating on patients with the touch screen and reassuring them everything’s going to be okay via the microphone) and it can be connected wirelessly to sixteen or more other consoles. Not only that but some games and utilities even allow it to connect online via Wi-Fi.

Although the DS is far more powerful than the GBA – it can display 3D graphics somewhere between a Nintendo 64 and the GameCube--it is still backwards compatible, so you can play all your old GBA games in single player mode on the same console.

With a battery life of between 6 and 10 hours the Nintendo DS gets pretty much everything right. With a range of games that seem to offer far more originality and imagination than any other home or portable console this is could well be the most exciting new console of 2005. --David Jenkins


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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By S. Taylor on 7 May 2005
This thing shouldn't be compared to the PSP... It shouldn't even be compared to the SP... Comparisons are pointless, they are all very different! It doesn't feel tacky or cheap like I read. You don't really know what to expect with this when you buy it...
Pros: Some good games that use the DS' innovations very well
Good for people with big hands
Bigger screens than the SP and they are both back light, not side light
stylus has been well designed and is comfortable
The speakers work well and do well to produce surround sound quality
Cons: letterbox GBA games and no multi player - GBA function was obviously put in later so it would appeal to more people
The actual funtions of the DS aren't too useful. Pictochat isn't doesn't really have a point
Doesn't look as good as the SP
Could have been smaller... I'm sure Nintendo will do a Game Boy Advance on us and release a smaller one
Some really rubbish games
Even so, it is a really smart piece of kit... I already have a few games. My game combos would be:
Mario 64 Ds and Final Fantasy Tactics Advance
Zoo keeper and Yoshi's Island
Yoshi's Touck 'n' Go and Advance Wars 2
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By "ghgcole" on 22 Dec. 2004
so the ds is now out in japan and the us and has sold 2 million units in a week or so here is why you need to get your hands on this new console
excelent graphics(between n64 and gamecube)
touch screen - opens up all sorts of new possibilitys ever wanted to play a first person shooter with better controll than a mouse? also warioware is wicked using touch screen on sonic rubing the screen makes him run the faster you rub the faster he runs!
battery life-on normal settings the higher end of 6-10 hours compaired with psp's 3h31mins(tested by ign.com)
mocrophone - will beable to controll some games via microphone
wifi - you can use one cartridge to host 16 people multi-player games
wake up mode - so your on the train and someone else with a ds gets on your ds will make you aware that there is someone else to play multi player games with
picto chat - like texting
speakers - produce some excelent sound
the games- some of the highlights already announced are final fantacy 3 and chronicals, zelda, mario kart, new mario platformer,metroid,viewtifull joe, sonic ds,warioware, mario 64X4
advance wars ds,baiten katios
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Bryan A. on 9 April 2005
DS appeared to me a little poor on 'paper', such as specs and graphics, particularly compared to the upcoming PSP. Touchpad idea also sounded gimmicky. I believe that is a stereotype still going around.
It took me a long time to see why DS was a good idea. The problem with DS is that it's not easy to 'see' why it works well.
First, with any new controls, you have to get used to it and to do that, you need patience to stick to it for a long while. Particularly the usefulness of touchpad is unbelievable. For the first time in console history, a console actually has a native mouse-like support for games. Games which only worked well with PCs in the past will now be possible on DS. PSP or any others can bend over backward and still not manage this, because gamepad is just not the same as a mouse or touchpad in many types of games (RPG, RTS, simulation/tycoon, war gaming, point-and-click adventures).
Second, its quirky design makes it look jaded, and people tend to judge everything by the looks these days. PSP is breath-takingly beautiful. DS comes across very bad on the outside in comparison. That said, it seems obvious to me that great looks does not equal to great handling of games. So this popular argument seems a little irrelevant to me, whether it be for or against any console.
Third, screen size is smaller on DS. Or should I say, the PSP screen is larger. But upon playing DS over a period of time, you'll find that DS works just fine. This is a genuine question of preference, as larger screen would result in more expense or reduction in quality of the screen technology. Some prefer one over the other, and everyone will have their own preference of balance. Personally, on the balance of cost and good build, DS has got it just about right.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Coffee Fan on 11 Feb. 2005
DS or PSP? Many gamers will have to make this decision this Spring/Summer. I see a lot of reviews here that are extremely biased for or against either machine. I will try to be impartial. I have no real allegiance towards either brand so my money is up for grabs!
Before yesterday I had been leaning towards the DS for a number of reasons. Firstly, I have a PS2, and I most of the titles coming out for the PSP will also be available on the PS2. Getting a DS would allow me to access a totally different set of games. Also, the main use of a hand-held for me would be on my daily commute to and from work. I need light-hearted pick-up-and-play games, which Nintendo do really well. The games available on Sony formats are typically more 'serious.' As well as being a games machine the PSP can also play MP3's and film. This is fantastic but in my case I already have an MP3 player, and watching films on the go is something that I am not fussed about. All I want my handheld for is games so if I got a PSP would not use these innovative functions. I have also heard reports here and on other sites of some flaws with the PSP, namely jamming buttons, over zealous ejection mechanisms and dead screen pixels. I have heard of no such problems with the DS. Some people harp on about the shorter battery life with the PSP, but this should be expected given it is a much more powerful machine.
Yesterday I went into a gaming shop during my lunch and they had a DS and were doing demos. They game they were using was Mario. I have to say that what I saw in the 30 or so minutes I was there knocked my eye out. The screen colours are vibrant and graphics excellent although admittedly short of PSP standard.
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